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Tall Tales. Patti Evans Librarian Carlisle Elementary. Tall tales are like legends but with a twist of humor. Legends are………. Folk stories about real or imaginary people. Based in some fact but much is embellished. About Legends. It’s hard to tell where the facts stop and the

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tall tales
Tall Tales

Patti Evans


Carlisle Elementary


Legends are………..

Folk stories about real or

imaginary people.

Based in some fact but

much is embellished.


About Legends...

It’s hard to tell where the

facts stop and the

imagination takes over.

They come to us by word of


As the story is

repeated, it may be

elaborated until it

becomes a .............

beyond a legend
Beyond a legend
  • Each country has its own folk heroes who exemplify the character traits its people value.
  • These stories are a combination of history, myth and fact.
  • In America, we call these stories……..`

American TallTales

Consist of folk heroes who

exemplify the character traits

that its people value.

Davy Crockett, Johnny

Appleseed, and Daniel Boone

were real people but their

stories made them larger than



AmericanTall Tales

Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan,

and Mike Fink were mythical

men but their feats of brawn

and muscle were required to

help develop America.


AmericanTall Tales

  • These folk heroes were created by

people who needed idols and symbols

of strength to build a new country -

  • They exaggerated the size and deeds of these heroes.
  • Heroes like.......

American Tall Tales

The heroes and heroinesof tall tales are the mightiest, strongest, most daring lumberjacks, railroad workers, coal miners, steel workers, or whatever was needed to make America great.


American Tall Tales

The exaggeratedhumor adds zest to the harsh life of hard labor that many Americans were experiencingin the 1800’s.


American Tall Tales

Tall tales are a part

of our history and a

part of our literature....

enjoy some of the tall tales our library has to offer

Enjoy some of the Tall Tales our library has to offer:

Pecos Bill

Paul Bunyan

Sally Ann Thunder

characters as unique as the country that inspired them

Characters as unique as the countrythat inspired them.

Library Lil Big Men, Big Country John Henry Johnny Appleseed Old Stormalong